A 5. Does MAXQDA work on a MAC?
So far, MAXQDA is only Windows software and can’t be used directly on a Mac. A native Mac version “MAXQDA for Mac” will be published late 2013.
Even now, it is possible to install Windows on a Mac with the help of a virtual machine. For this you will need a virtual machine software and a windows license. Once you have installed a virtual Windows on your Mac you can install MAXQDA inside this Windows environment. On most computers you will not feel the difference in speed or reliability between using MAXQDA inside a real or inside a virtual Windows environment.
Follow these steps to use MAXQDA on your Mac:
- 1. Install a virtual machine e.g. BootCamp, Virtual Box oder Parallels on your Mac.
- 2. Install Windows on your virtual machine.
- 3. Install MAXQDA on your virtual Windows.
Afterwards you can use MAXQDA on your virtual Windows. MAXQDA is a very slim program with a program file size of only 66 MB (including the comprehensive Manual!). It doesn’t need much of your computers memory capacity and you will not suffer a slow execution speed in your virtual machine.
Can’t do a right click!? When using MAXQDA in a virtual Windows on your Mac you might find that you are missing the possibility of right clicking with your mouse. Depending on the set up of your Mac or your virtual machine you can do a right click either by pressing the CRTL-button while you click or by clicking on your touchpad with two fingers.